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Pasta Recipes

My starting point with pasta, portionwise, is 100g dried weight of pasta per person for a main, on average; there are variables, of course, appetite and age chief among them. Other factors that come into play, when it comes to weight out pasta, are what – if anything – else is being eaten and which kind of sauce partners it.

But before we go any further, I must tell you about the Italian technique of holding back some pasta-cooking water to help bind a sauce to the pasta. Please, promise me that you will get into the habit of doing this every time you cook pasta. Indeed, you should make yourself incapable of draining pasta without first lowering a small cup into the cooking water to remove and reserve some for the sauce.

If it makes your life easier (not too much bubbling away on the stove), when you’re feeding a lot of people, you can follow a pasta-cooking tip from Anna Del Conte: the Vincenzo Agnesi method, which reduces the risk of overcooking and is as follows. Bring your water to the boil, add salt, then tip in the pasta, stirring well to make sure it’s all in and not clumped together. Once the water comes back to the boil, let the pasta cook for 2 minutes, then turn off the heat, cover the pan with a clean, thin tea towel (not a waffle-textured one) and clamp on a tight-fitting lid. Let the pasta stand like this for as long as the packet tells you to cook it normally. When the time is up, drain the pasta, remembering to remove a small cupful of cooking water before doing so.

My only remaining word of wisdom on the subject is also from Anna Del Conte and it is that the water you cook pasta in should be as salty as the Mediterranean. Contemporary dietary mores could not run more counter to such a recommendation; you, of course, are free to act on my advice or ignore it as you see fit.

Pasta
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Fresh Tagliatelle
By Nigella
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Hearty Wholewheat Pasta With Brussels Sprouts, Cheese and Potato
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Hearty Wholewheat Pasta With Brussels Sprouts, Cheese and Potato
By Nigella
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Linguine With Chilli, Crab and Watercress
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Linguine With Chilli, Crab and Watercress
By Nigella
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Linguine With Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms
Photo by Lis Parsons
Linguine With Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms
By Nigella
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Linguine With Mussels
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Linguine With Mussels
By Nigella
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Meatballs
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Meatballs
By Nigella
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Mexican Lasagne
Photo by Lis Parsons
Mexican Lasagne
By Nigella
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Minestrone in Minutes
Photo by Lis Parsons
Minestrone in Minutes
By Nigella
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Pappardelle With Lamb Ragu
Pappardelle With Lamb Ragu
By Nigella
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Pasta Alla Genovese
Photo by Lis Parsons
Pasta Alla Genovese
By Nigella
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Pasta E Fagioli
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Pasta E Fagioli
By Nigella
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Pasta Salad Primavera
Photo by James Merrell
Pasta Salad Primavera
By Nigella
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Pasta With Ham, Peas and Cream
Photo by James Merrell
Pasta With Ham, Peas and Cream
By Nigella
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Pasta With Onions and Anchovies
Photo by James Merrell
Pasta With Onions and Anchovies
By Nigella
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Penne Alla Vodka
Photo by James Merrell
Penne Alla Vodka
By Nigella
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Quick Calabrian Lasagne
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Quick Calabrian Lasagne
By Nigella
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Sicilian Pasta With Tomatoes, Garlic & Almonds
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Sicilian Pasta With Tomatoes, Garlic & Almonds
By Nigella
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Slut's Spaghetti
Photo by Lis Parsons
Slut's Spaghetti
By Nigella
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Witches' Hair
Photo by James Merrell
Witches' Hair
By Nigella
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Yellow Spaghetti
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Yellow Spaghetti
By Nigella
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Recipe by Admin

Admin's Pasta Bake
By Admin
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Recipe by anacabana

Anything Goes Pasta
By anacabana
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Recipe by kgw

Apology Pasta
By kgw
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Recipe by SAFruitCake

Bacon and Butternut Pasta
By SAFruitCake
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Recipe by Coby

Baked Pasta With Mushrooms
By Coby
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Recipe by Chicca

Bigoi in Salsa (Spaghetti With Anchovies Sauce)
By Chicca
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Recipe by amanda n

Birthday Pasta for Fussy Children
By amanda n
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Recipe by Edda

Bolognaise From Left-Over Stuffed Zucchini
By Edda
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Recipe by Anonymous

Cabbage Blue Cheese Pasta
By Anonymous
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Recipe by Sneha

Cabbage and Pasta Salad
By Sneha
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Recipe by caswa

Caswa's Easy Chicken Pasta Salad
By caswa
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Recipe by mscash

Cathy's Prawn Fettucine
By mscash
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Recipe by lmmx

Cheesy Pasta
By lmmx
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Recipe by TamuAndMina

Chicken & Potato Pasta Bake
By TamuAndMina
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Recipe by lovebeesknees

Chicken Avocado Pasta
By lovebeesknees
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Recipe by Meggy

Child Friendly Salmon & Cherry Tomato Pasta Bake
By Meggy
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Recipe by StoupaTart

Chilli Bean Pasta
By StoupaTart
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Recipe by Kukka

Chilli and Garlic Pasta With Tuna
By Kukka
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Recipe by toowoombagirl

Chorizo Pasta
By toowoombagirl
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Recipe by sparkles

Chorizo, Mushroom and Spinach
By sparkles
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Recipe by cupcake chaos

Chunky Mediterranean Pasta Soup
By cupcake chaos
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Recipe by Glitters

Chunky Sausage & Tomato Pasta
By Glitters
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Recipe by Community

Cold Pasta Salad
By Community
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Recipe by lmmx

Cold Pasta Salad
By lmmx
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Recipe by kgw

Corn, Broccoli and Pea Pasta
By kgw
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Recipe by scoffypig

Courgette and Bacon Pasta
By scoffypig
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Recipe by willbo

Creamy Cherry Tomatoes With Spaghetti
By willbo
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Recipe by ChrisRSA

Creamy Gorgonzola Prawn Pasta
By ChrisRSA
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Recipe by symphony0509

Creamy Green Pasta
By symphony0509
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Recipe by Coby

Creamy Pesto Penne
By Coby
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Recipe by Tams

Creamy Spaghetti Bake
By Tams
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Recipe by berrylips

Creamy Sweet Chilli Chicken Pasta
By berrylips
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Recipe by Deb f

Crunchy Tuna Snack
By Deb f
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Crunchy Veggie Macaroni
Crunchy Veggie Macaroni
By Shubi
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Recipe by JillyB

Curried Chicken Pasta Salad
By JillyB
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Recipe by Community

Delicious Pasta Salad
By Community
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Recipe by Wingman

Divine Pasta Salad
By Wingman
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Recipe by vines

Easy Blackpepper Seafood Spaghetti
By vines
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Recipe by Anonymous

Easy Cheesy Mushroom N Cream Pasta
By Anonymous
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Recipe by thesquidinkgazette

Easy Peasy Green Ricotta Pasta
By thesquidinkgazette
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Recipe by eman

Egyptian Koshary
By eman
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Recipe by aussie_sarah

Exam-Time Pasta
By aussie_sarah
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Recipe by Fern

Fern's Hot Caesar Pasta Salad
By Fern
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Recipe by Fern

Fern's Pasta
By Fern
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Recipe by wandernut

Fiery Zesty Tuna Pasta Salad
By wandernut
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Recipe by kgw

Fresh Tomato Pasta
By kgw
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Recipe by gibralto

Gazpacho Vermicelli
By gibralto
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Recipe by mara2

Giant Pasta Shells With Minced Meat
By mara2
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Recipe by guptamona

Goat Cheese and Pickled Tomato Pasta
By guptamona
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Recipe by Coby

Gorgonzola Macaroni and Cheese
By Coby
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Recipe by shawn

Greek Dish
By shawn
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Recipe by martyroxx

Greek Style Pasta
By martyroxx
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Recipe by Harvey Nicoll

Harv's Seafood Pasta
By Harvey Nicoll
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Recipe by ccharliee

Hearty Creamy Pasta With Ham and Chicken
By ccharliee
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Recipe by Samantha_telebug

Hilda's Pasta
By Samantha_telebug
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Recipe by The Gourmet Vegan

Italian Bean Balls - Vegan
By The Gourmet Vegan
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Italian Cannelloni
Italian Cannelloni
By maja_pravo
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Recipe by PurpleGirl

Italian Chicken and Pasta
By PurpleGirl
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Recipe by KitchenGoddess

Jamie O's Spinach & Ricotta Cannelloni
By KitchenGoddess
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Recipe by KennethBagley

Ken's Vongole Boul or Fetticini
By KennethBagley
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Recipe by Razzy

Lamb and Pasta Medley
By Razzy
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Recipe by Monica

Lasagne
By Monica
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Recipe by Richie

Layered Pasta Bake
By Richie
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Recipe by Monty123

Lemon Chicken Tagliatelle
By Monty123
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Recipe by StoupaTart

Lemon Chilli Tuna Spaghetti
By StoupaTart
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Recipe by Squishy

Lemon Pasta Alfredo With Prosciutto & Eshallots
By Squishy
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Recipe by ChrisHammer1971

Lentil and Spinach 'Stoup' With Pasta and Pesto
By ChrisHammer1971
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Recipe by ugeen

Linguine Pasta With Pepperoni
By ugeen
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Recipe by FrancescafromItaly

Linguine With Artichoke Hearts - Linguine Ai Cuori Di Carciofo
By FrancescafromItaly
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Recipe by Monica

Linguine With Chilli & Prosciutto
By Monica
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Recipe by laine

Meatballs Italian
By laine
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Recipe by Inga.D

Mediterranean Style Fresh Tomato and Garlic Spaghetti
By Inga.D
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Recipe by jensy

Mozzarella and Tuna Pasta
By jensy
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Recipe by Raha Lane

My Mediterranean Pasta
By Raha Lane
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Recipe by cshankar

My Mum's Veggie Pasta Bake
By cshankar
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Recipe by SamIAm

My Version of Pasta a L'olio
By SamIAm
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Recipe by sparkles

No Cream Carbonara
By sparkles
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Recipe by gangrena

Nobo Pasta
By gangrena
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Recipe by Twinks

Nonna Elena's Lasagne
By Twinks
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Recipe by Community

Oceana Lumaconi
By Community
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Recipe by WelshRarebit

Orecchiette With Carbonara and King Prawns
By WelshRarebit
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Recipe by paola78

Paola's Easy Cannelloni
By paola78
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Recipe by claudia

Pasta All'amatriciana - My Way
By claudia
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Recipe by kaje

Pasta Bake Out
By kaje
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Recipe by Sharnii

Pasta Bake Out
By Sharnii
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Recipe by lozfood2407

Pasta Bolognaise
By lozfood2407
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Pasta Con Seppie E Piselli
Pasta Con Seppie E Piselli
By Community
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Recipe by joost

Pasta Di Rosa (Spaghetti With Cherry Tomatoes on the Vine, Mozzarella and Rocket)
By joost
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Recipe by srivo

Pasta E Patate (Pasta and Potatoes)
By srivo
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Recipe by natvamersnow

Pasta Fagioli
By natvamersnow
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Recipe by belgrade

Pasta Fagioli
By belgrade
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Recipe by Sneha

Pasta Noodles
By Sneha
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Recipe by katiafromitaly

Pasta Primavera - Spring Pasta
By katiafromitaly
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Recipe by symphony0509

Pasta Rogue
By symphony0509
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Recipe by toowoombagirl

Pasta Salad
By toowoombagirl
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Recipe by megan

Pasta With Brie, Shrimp and Tomatoes
By megan
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Recipe by arista

Pasta With Capsicum Cream
By arista
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Recipe by budgiesgirl

Pasta With Chicken and Sundried Tomatoes
By budgiesgirl
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Pasta With Chicken in Mustard Turmeric Sauce
Pasta With Chicken in Mustard Turmeric Sauce
By Coby
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Recipe by Community

Pasta With Citrus Pesto
By Community
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